I had my eyelid plasma pen fibroblast treatment done in 2020 and I’ve been meaning to write about it, but with COVID and then the election and then COVID again, my blog was put on the back burner. But I’m finally ready to start taking this serious again so let’s do this!
What is a plasma pen fibroblast skin tightening treatment? Plasma pen fibroblast is a fairly new aesthetic treatment for tightening and improving the appearance of loose skin in the face and neck. Some clinics also offer it on the stomach, arms and décolleté. The plasma pen uses heat to introduce trauma to the skin’s surface heating up the deeper dermis tissue. Read here to find out exactly how it works.
I first found out about this treatment on Instagram and I was intrigued.
I was born with single, hooded eyes. Well actually, I take that back, one of my eyelids was single (no crease) and the other was double (creased.) In my early twenties I underwent “double eyelid” blepharoplasty surgery to add a distinct crease to both lids. This type of surgery removes excess skin and maybe fat from the lid and the seals the cut and can also be used to tighten loose/saggy skin. Back then the cost of this surgery was about $1500-2000 and had a downtime of about a week. The cost of surgery may have gone up since it’s been, ahem, quite a few years.
Back to the fibroblast. Since it’s been man, many years since my surgery, my lids have started drooping with age. The skin on the eyelids, along with the neck, are the areas that thin the quickest and are likely the areas you will see the first signs of aging.
The posts I saw on Instagram boasted that this treatment only requires one session, it’s relatively painless and has a quick downtime. All of that sounded awesome to me. The med spa that I was a member of had just started offering it and I thought why not? They charged their members $600 for their plasma pen treatment. Should I have done more research before I did it? Probably.
I was super excited on the day of my appointment. They called me the morning of to get and take an allergy medicine, but I missed their call so I did not take it. They explained that it was to help with the swelling.
When I got there, they front desk girl asked me if I was nervous. Hmm, nope. But that was weird, why would I be nervous?
They took me to the room and the girl read me all the fun stuff after she applied lidocaine numbing ointment to my eyelids. I’m not going to go into the whole spiel but I found pre & post treatment instructions online that you can read here.
And then she began…and OMG! I was not expecting it the pain! No wonder they asked if I was nervous! I could feel every single pin prick burn to my skin AND I could smell it to. In case you need a visual, watch the video below.
There were definitely moments when I didn’t think I could finish the entire treatment. It was PAINFUL! But alas, I womanned up and I did it! After they finished, they put me under a red light to help reduce inflammation and swelling.
I was expecting my eyes to look terrible right after and I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t look like I got punched in both eyes. They were slightly swollen and I mean the dots…look.ridiculous. But what do you think?
There is obviously “social” downtime to this procedure. Meaning, you can resume your normal activities but you will look a little funky for awhile. In fact, I polled my Instagram followers and 75% of the people who took the poll said they would freak out if they saw me.
I was sent home with a silver colloidal cream and also a green tea recovery gel. I was also told to take allergy medicine when I got home to help reduce swelling. I don’t feel like it helped with the swelling but, oh boy, did it make me loopy!
I’m not sure what I thought would happen to those dots, I didn’t think they were going to turn into large, ugly brown scabs, but that’s exactly what happens. I had to refrain from speeding up the process by picking the little scabs off. We all know what happens when you prematurely pick a scab off right? And no, I didn’t want to have dozens of tiny scars on my eyelids. However, I’m pretty sure I picked some off in my sleep. I cannot be held responsible for what happens in my sleep. As the scabs heal, they get itchy, so yes there was sleep picking.
My eyes were very swollen the day after the treatment but the dots were still fairly small. Day two the dots turned almost a metallic color and started getting bigger. This continued onto day four. Day five the scabs were the darkest but they finally, FINALLY started falling off. This was also the day I had to go back to work. Luckily, I have bangs so I used that to hide the ugly scabs. By day seven almost all the scabs had fallen off and day eight all of them had fallen off. Even after the scabs fell off there were small indentions on my eyelids where the scabs were. The indentions lasted for a couple months but got less and less noticeable as time went on.
Results: My eyelid skin was tighter and less droopy than it had been. Was it as tight as my results after surgery? No. It also only lasted about a year before I noticed the skin start to loosen up again. My honest opinion, if you are looking for long lasting results, I would recommend saving up for blepharoplasty surgery. First off, it is much, much less painful because you get a local anesthetic and the results are permanent. Would I ever do fibroblast on my eyelids again? Absolutely not! It honestly was not worth it for me.
Tell me what you think in the comments. Would you do this treatment? Or have you done it? If you have, let me know how it went.